Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge completed his collection of Olympic marathon medals by winning gold in Rio on Sunday evening (21/8/16).
Kipchoge, the silver medallist in the men’s marathon in 2008 and the bronze medallist in 2004, completed the race in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds.
Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lelisa finished second for the silver, while American Galen Rupp took bronze in his second marathon and first ever in the Olympic games.
The gold medallist, who missed the 2012 Games, was a favourite coming in as an experienced marathoner of the past couple years.
This was the first time in history of Olympic marathon that Kenya completed the sweep as the class of 2016 matched that of Beijing 2008 by winning six gold, six silver and a bronze from the 800m, Margaret Nyairera.
On the last day of the Rio games, Kenya topped the African medal table with 13 medals.
Kipchoge’s win came days after Jemima Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman in history to win a marathon gold medal at the Olympics.
Kipchoge, Wesley Korir and Stanley Biwott aimed to equal or even do better than the late Samuel Wanjiru. He won Kenya its only marathon gold medal in Beijing 2008 in an Olympic record of 2:06:32.
During the 2008 games, Kipchoge won a silver medal in the 5000m event with a time of 13:02.80 which was better than the previous Olympic record of 13:05.59 but it was not enough to match Kenenisa Bekele’s pace, who won the gold medal for this race.
He failed to reach the podium at the
2009 World Championships in Athletics, finishing in fifth place and he also finished ninth in the 3000 m at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.
On the circuit, he won the Great Yorkshire Run 10K and Campaccio Cross Country that year.